As I'm sure most of you know by now, a certain game
is coming out tonight. And it just so happens that Gamestop is teaming up with Nintendo to sponsor a nationwide tournament for said game tonight at 10 PM. Being a fan and enjoying a little competition, my friends and I decided to sign up for the tournament at our local Gamestop.
But we ran into a little problem.
See, when my buddy went in to sign up, he was informed of some... interesting changes to the rules that this particular store has decided to add. According to the manager, players are not allowed to chose their own characters.
Now, understand that I'm not a professional Smash Bros player by any means. Hell, I'm not even that good. But this particular little addition bothers me a lot. Not only is not in the Official tournament rules
but it also discourages decent competition. While I'm not a pro Smash Bros player, I do have a particular way that I play. My style, if you will. I can't stomach playing with characters like Kirby, Jigglypuff, or shock mouse
. Rather, I prefer characters like Marth, Link, Samus and Fox. I would much rather prefer to play with a character I'm more familiar with than a whole new character, especially given they've only allowed the use of the Wiimote-Nunchuk configuration.
So, to remedy this annoying situation, I gave Gamestop customer service a call. Believe when I say, they were less than helpful. The fellow I spoke with, while cordial, was shockingly unconcerned about the issue and almost hung up on me before I insisted to speak to his supervisor so I could get someone to actually help me. Then, all of a sudden, he wanted to help me and put me on hold. After a few minutes he came back and asked for the store it was I had spoken with. I gave him the information and he gave them a call. As it turns out the regional manager was the one who has chosen to change the official rules for this region. When I asked if I could speak with them or perhaps relay a message, I was promptly shut down. Understandable, seeing as how I was reaching pretty high on the totem pole, but I can't believe that a regional manager would take it upon themselves to change the official rules on a whim.
Thus far, the only thing I've gotten out of this is frustration, and that I'll have to wait until tonight at the tournament itself to see if the manager decides to uphold this ridiculous random character rule. As the title implies, my hatred for everything Gamestop is rising quickly.
Oh and one last thing, I called a few other gamestops in other areas of the country and none of them have this random character rule. So basically the rest of the country has a fair chance in this race, but apparently those of who live in the Pacific Northwest get disadvantaged. So much for my already slim chance at that $5000.
Is anybody else outraged about this? read